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The Prince of Wales and his entourage on camels posing for camera in front of Pyramid of Cheops and Pyramid of Cephrenes, Giza, Cairo. The Prince is seated on the camel fifth from the left. The man in the white suit with a cigar, gazing up at the Prince,

Modes of travel and travelling accessories used by monarchs past and present

Philip Somerville (1930-2014)


RCIN 250103

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Whenever Her Majesty The Queen travels, her Dresser carefully prepares each of her outfits for the royal luggage. Packing has to be handled meticulously to ensure no creasing or damage occurs. Hats, like this one worn at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Cyprus in 1993, go into large hat boxes packed with tissue to keep the crown of the hat in shape. More tissue is used to protect the trimmings from moving or becoming damaged. A large suitcase is similarly used for transporting handbags, and the insides are packed with tissue to ensure that they keep their shape and do not get crushed. Outfits and accessories are packed in the sequence of the events at which they will be worn so that they can be easily located and unpacked on arrival. Different options are always packed in case of a change in the weather.